Excellent build quality/fit and finish. My seats are cracked and torn, it kinda smells inside, my wood is cracked and chipping, but the car starts the first time, every time. The doors close like a bank vault (you know it when you hear it). You feel like king of the road, even though the car is 22 years old!
I've driven from Shreveport, La. to KC, Mo. on one tank of gas! It averages about 27mpg, and for such a large, heavy, old car that isn't too bad! I don't feel bad putting any amount of miles on my car, or driving it anywhere. I'd take it across country tomorrow if I had too!
I'm actually looking forward to the high mileage for the award and grille badges MB provides.
I bought it from the original owner, who used it as a daily driver/beater and only took care of the mechanical things. I have all of the original paperwork including the window sticker and every repair documented. I was very lucky to find such a meticulous previous owner.
The car handles well, especially with the aging bushings and bearings that surely need replacing. You can go for a long time in the car without feeling sore or fatigued. I suppose it was designed that way.
I don't mind that my car isn't perfect because it gives me the chance to do some resto-work myself and really make it my own. Plus its fun and rewarding.
Though, I was lucky, I wouldn't recommend jumping on the first deal that comes your way. Have the car checked out by a mechanic who knows Mercedes vehicles.
There is a saying around the forums that I visit; "Theres nothing more expensive than a cheap Mercedes!"
Best of Luck!